Healthy Tailgating Recipes (5 ingredients or less!)

Tailgating season is upon us which means food, football, great times with friends, and probably some more food. Oftentimes we can get caught up in the excitement of the game and snack away a whole days worth of junk in one sitting! Most of the time it isn't even that we're eating a lot of food, but let's face it, the food options at these types of gatherings aren't usually the best for us. Think about it: wings, beer, ribs, chips & dip, you name it. Delicious, yes! Healthy? Not so much. 

In order to combat the lack of healthy choices at these kinds of parties I came up with two recipes for healthy tailgating snacks that you can make with less than five ingredients!

Recipe #1: Watermelon Skewers

  • Watermelon
  • Cheese of choice, I chose a sharp white cheddar
  • Mint
  1. Slice your watermelon and cheese into small cubes, about the same size as a die.
  2. Pierce the watermelon with a sharp skewer and layer with cheese and a mint leaf.
  3. Repeat until you run out of watermelon cubes.

This recipe is great for any summer party! The watermelon is nice and refreshing and the cheese provides a great contrasting creaminess and tang. Add in the mint and you have an incredibly complex snack on a stick, while being ridiculously easy to make!

Recipe #2: Guac & (Baked) Chips

  • Corn tortillas
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/4-1/3 cup fresh tomatoes
  • 2 tbs-1/4 cup red onion
  • 1/2 lime
  • Seasonings of choice: garlic, salt, chili pepper etc.
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Slice corn tortillas into triangular fourths. Spray with nonstick spray and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10-20 minutes or until golden brown, flipping over halfway through.
  3. Pit and mash avocado. 
  4. Dice tomatoes and onion. Add to avocado along with the juice of half a lime.
  5. Season to taste and serve with baked chips.

I absolutely love this recipe as a healthier option to the traditional chips and guacamole. It isn't uncommon for prepared guacamole to have sour cream, cheese and other mix-ins that make your beautiful avocado not so healthy anymore. It's  so easy to make from scratch at home and you can adjust the seasonings and ratios to your own taste! The same goes for the chips, rather than having the typical deep fried corn chips, by baking them ourselves we can can cut out a bunch of unnecessary fat and calories.

If you'd like to find some more healthy snack recipes, head over to Nuts.com for some great ideas!

~Mandy